Prospects hold hope for the future and make us all feel more comfortable knowing that more help is on the way. The annual rite of passage this time of year signaling that hockey is back is upon us. It’s time to rank prospects.

We’ve designated players with 45 games or less NHL experience as “prospects” for the purposes of this exercise. WFAA bloggers Brandon Worley and Josh Lile made their own top 10 lists, then both were fused together to come up with a composite list. If you missed the first half of these rankings, go here.

Without further ado, here are the Stars’ top five prospects. Just for the sake of suspense, we’ll go in reverse order for the top five.

Dallas Stars right wing Brett Ritchie (25) skates against the Chicago Blackhawks during the game at the American Airlines Center. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports